If you’re looking for a reason why the New York Times would even mention an attack on terrorist leader Qasem Soleimani before President Trump ordered the airstrike that killed him, we don’t have the answer. We are just as baffled as you. But you will be shocked at what you’re about to read.
In the NYT article written on Jan. 2, 2020 by Steven Simon, who served as Senior Director for Middle Eastern and North African Affairs at the White House from 2011 through 2012 under Obama, he talks about how “Hypersonic Missiles Are a Game Changer.”
Within the article he writes how a new class of missiles are capable of reaching hypersonic velocity and that “such weapons have long been an object of desire by Russian, Chinese and American military leaders.” He goes onto say that “the United States is rushing to match it” and “We could soon find ourselves in a new arms race as deadly as the Cold War.”
Then the article bangs on a bit until you suddenly get to the most bizarre part.
If the contending parties are armed with hypersonic missiles, the time frame for deciding what to do is even shorter, and the uncertainty about what your enemy is targeting and the nature of an incoming warhead — is it nuclear or conventional? — is virtually total. In such a situation, the overwhelming incentive is to shoot first. Think of two gunslingers in a dark room.
Moreover, hypersonics are a weaponized moral hazard for states with a taste for intervention, because they erase barriers to picking fights. Is an adversary building something that might be a weapons factory? Is there an individual in an unfriendly country who cannot be apprehended? What if the former commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, Qassem Soleimani, visits Baghdad for a meeting and you know the address? The temptations to use hypersonic missiles will be many.
What the? You have to admit that’s very specific.
So the big question is, why – before – Qassem Soleimani was killed, did the New York Times publish such an article? or a warning if you will?
Thankfully not even terrorists read the failing NYT.
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